Magnolia (1999)

An intriguing and entertaining study in characters going through varying levels of crisis and introspection. This psychological drama leads you in several different directions, weaving and intersecting various subplots and characters, from… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 17, 1999
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Critics say Magnolia is an ambitious, lengthy work that ultimately succeeds due to the interesting stories and excellent ensemble performances.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A wonderful mess.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

All the work is top-notch.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Though I couldn't really make heads or tails of this 1999 movie, I found it interesting.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

What this film may have needed to get on its feet is some honest-to-goodness violence.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

You don't have to like everything [Anderson] does, but if you enjoy seeing the walls rattled and the roof raised in the Hollywood citadel, you've got to love it.

Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Go see it for yourself. And don't be surprised if you want to see it again and again.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

One of the most enthralling and exhilarating American movies in ages.

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David Edelstein

You could spend three hours snickering at Anderson's 'What the World Needs Now Is Aimee Mann' metaphysic. But his vision cuts deeper than a lot of folky bathos.

David Keyes

As the years pass and we are weathered by universal experiences, the predicaments of Anderson's characters seem less pathetic and more like the plight of everyone we love and admire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Magnolia is a very good film by director Paul Thomas Anderson. However I don't believe it is his best like so many critics have pointed out. Anderson would… More
Melvin White
Claudia Wilson Gator: I'll tell you everything, and you tell me everything, and maybe we can get through all the piss and shit and lies that kill other… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Absa-f***in'-brillaint.[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: A[/color][/font]
Kevin Cookman
Exhausting and occasionally melodramatic, but completely stunning in its acute attention to detail, fascinating characters, and just about everything else that… More
Lucas Martins
A realist and surrealist ambitious work by P.T., Magnolia it's the Short Cuts from the end of 90's and a more serious version of Happiness.
Alice Shen
What a massive-ass movie. The zooms and tracking shots are jarring and dramatic, the script is sensitive but not mawkish, the soundtrack...actually makes me… More